The White Coat Ceremony for RVUCOM-SU’s Class of 2022 was held on Saturday, September 22nd at the Tuacahn Amphitheater. The ceremony, a rite of passage for those entering the medical profession, emphasized RVU’s commitment to educating future physicians who will practice medicine with compassion, integrity and in a collaborative manner. As the newest class of student doctors set out on their path to becoming practicing physicians, they bring with them a dedication to healing others.
Following the student doctor processional, the students were welcomed by David Park, DO, FACOFP, Vice President and Dean for the Southern Utah Campus; Chris Hart, Mayor of Ivins; and Rep. Chris Stewart, Conressman from Utah’s 2nd District. Keynote speaker Donna Milavet, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer at OnSite Care Clinics, spoke about the importance of practicing self-care and being a compassionate physician. With over twenty years of experience in the medical profession, Dr. Milavetz is focused on improving healthcare outcomes and the quality of healthcare services across Utah’s communities. During the ceremony, students also learned about the significance of the white coat and how it became a symbol of compassion and integrity in the medical field. In addition to being coated (the act of officially receiving their white medical school coats) by faculty members, RVUCOM-SU’s Class of 2022 also received an Arnold P. Gold Foundation pin as a daily reminder to exhibit the values of humanism in medicine.
In keeping with tradition, the students recited their Class Vision Statement and pledged to “foster a culture of excellence through encouragement and respect” and “above all, honor the intrinsic dignity of all individuals.” The statement serves as a moment of reflection for the students, as well as an acknowledgement of the responsibilities they will undertake in both medical school and as future physicians. After the ceremony concluded, students and their guests proceeded to the new campus for a reception. Featuring a self-guided tour, an ultrasound demonstration, and an Osteopathic Principles and Practice presentation, the reception allowed students to share their accomplishments with family and friends.
To view photos from the event, visit RVU’s Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2RiKkaW.